Graduate research in the School of Education

Our graduate researchers are building knowledge and developing practices that transform how people learn

Ayesha Khalid

Ayesha Khalid (pictured above), a PhD candidate at our Bundoora campus, is investigating the concept of citizenship education in Australia and Pakistan. 

“Also known as civics education, this provides school children with the knowledge and skills to become active and informed citizens,” explains Khalid. 

“Both countries have a colonial past and a history of subjugating ethnic, religious and gendered minorities that do not conform to the dominant idea of citizenship. Using post-colonial theory, my thesis will explore how citizenship education policies underpin and inform conversations around race, culture and gender in both countries.” 

“I was attracted to La Trobe’s School of Education because of its reputation in research,” says Khalid. “I believe in the transformative role that education plays in our lives and my PhD gives me the opportunity to learn more about it.” 

“I hope my findings will inform policy makers in Pakistan and Australia, and encourage them to revisit citizenship education and its place in the global world.”


Anna Urban

PhD candidate, Anna Urban, is investigating how the decisions of school principals impact change management.    

“I have been working as a school principal for 12 years and was a secondary school teacher prior to that,” says Urban. “Since completing my Master’s degree in 2006 it has been my professional ambition to undertake a PhD.”  

Urban came to La Trobe because she was “impressed by the passion, creativity and love of learning La Trobe academics showed during their partnership with my school”.  

Her research seeks to determine which change management decisions made by school principals are effective and why.   

“The work of principals in Victorian schools has become increasingly complex and I hope my findings will help principals to adopt change management strategies that will efficiently and effectively drive change,” she says.   

“I enjoy research and deepening my knowledge of this area. I hope to contribute to the education system as a whole by working with the next generation of teachers and leaders in education.”